We owe you a great big thanks for your recommendation of the Gran Bahia Principe in Punta Cana. We had a wonderful holiday!
The resort was fantastic. We didn't realize it was so big, and we were quite a distance from the beach but it didn't matter. The area we were in was more secluded and quieter than the busy sections near the ocean. We were 1.5km from the beach, but there were shuttles running every 5 minutes and we quite enjoyed taking the shuttle.
There were 5 pools on the property and we enjoyed every one of them. We noted, though, that we had to arrive between 8:00 and 9:00am to secure a spot (we also needed to arrive early on the beach to get lawn chairs).
The food was better than expected and the water was safe to drink. We had all the food and drink we could possibly hope for, with tons of variety. We even made reservations at some of their specialty restaurants, and liked their Japanese restaurant.
The nightly entertainment was really good and we loved the tribute show about Michael Jackson.
We went on two excursions, the Monster Truck Safari and Sting Ray Bay, and we would highly recommend both.
My only complaint is that smoking was permitted everywhere. On our exit survey I recommended that they consider seperate villas for smokers and non-smokers (perhaps they will listen).
We highly recommend this resort. Thanks again for all your help with our vacation!